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essential classics. ‘Bear you well in this new spring of time, Lest
you be cropp'd before you come to prime.’ King Richard II rules
England in a wasteful and short-sighted way, spending money
unwisely and selecting his counselors foolishly. His manner
ostracises him from his people and his country and it’s not long
before both commoners and noblemen feel Richard has gone too far.
When Richard seizes land that rightfully belongs to his cousin
Henry Bolingbroke, Bolingbroke retaliates by invading England while
Richard is at war in Ireland. More popular with the commoners,
Henry is eventually crowned King Henry IV.